He'd rather be fishing

Bush is asked to name the best and worst moments of his presidency.


Tim Grieve
May 8, 2006 4:37PM (UTC)

A German interviewer asked George W. Bush Friday to name the "most awful" and the "most wonderful" moments of his presidency so far. Here is how the president responded:

Bush: The most awful moment was September the 11th, 2001.

Reporter: The famous picture when somebody gave you the information?

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Bush: Yes, that. I think, like all of us, it took a while for the -- it was more than a moment. It was the event and the aftermath. On a situation like that, it takes a period to understand exactly what was going on. When somebody says, America is under attack, and -- you've got to fully understand what that meant. And the information coming was haphazard at best for a while. We weren't sure if the State Department got hit. I'd heard the White House had got attacked. Of course, I was worried that -- my family was here.

And so I would say the toughest moment of all was after the whole reality sunk in and I was trying to help the nation understand what was going on, and at the same time, be empathetic for those who had lost lives.

The best moment was -- you know, I've had a lot of great moments. I don't know, it's hard to characterize the great moments. They've all been busy moments, by the way. I would say the best moment was when I caught a seven-and-a-half pound large-mouth bass on my lake.


Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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